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Associate (Financial Crime Compliance)

Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Date Posted: Apr 3, 2024

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Company Overview

Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) is a global professional services firm with more than $2+ billion in revenues, +7,500 staff and over 70 offices worldwide, specializing in turnaround and interim management, performance improvement and business advisory services. A&M delivers specialist operational, consulting and industry expertise to management and investors seeking to accelerate performance, overcome challenges and maximize value across the corporate and investment lifecycles. Founded in 1983, the firm is known for its distinctive restructuring heritage, hands-on approach and relentless focus on execution and results.

A&M Culture

A&M is a fast-paced environment with a highly dynamic culture that emphasizes diversity and inclusion. We empower, coach and mentor our people and endorse meritocracy to develop skilled consultants who will grow with A&M to deliver tangible results and build long-lasting relationships, internally and externally. Our entrepreneurial culture celebrates independent thinkers and practitioners who positively impact our clients and shape our industry.

The collaborative, supportive environment and engaging workguided by A&Ms core values of Integrity, Quality, Objectivity, Fun, Personal Reward and Inclusive Diversityare the main reasons our people love working at A&M.

Inclusive Diversity runs through how we recruit, develop employees, conduct business, support clients, and partner with vendors. It is the A&M way.

The Team

Financial Crime Compliance (FCC) continues to challenge businesses globally and within Compliance at A&M, and a specialist team within Compliance is being assembled to deliver this expertise.

We bring a practical, results-oriented approach to delivering client needs led by our subject matter experts and drawing on the deep skills, diverse disciplines and experiences of our professionals who offer a unique ability to articulate complex findings in a clear and meaningful manner. We provide bespoke advisory services, training, risk and maturity assessments, and assurance reviews, build infrastructures and operationalize our recommendations in line with appropriate benchmarks.

The Role

A&M is expanding in EMEA, and we are seeking an Associate / Senior Associate Financial Crime Compliance to join our Riyadh office. Working closely with the Senior Director and the Managing Director of Governance, Risk and Compliance, you will primarily serve clients in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia together with the Middle East generally.

Working with clients across a range of industries and geographies, you will deliver innovative solutions to some of the most challenging FCC issues within clients, which have different organizational structures and cultures, risk appetites, budgets, many of which additionally have local and regional regulatory requirements.

Key Responsibilities

  • Collaborating with team members across various domains to identify creative and pragmatic solutions in response to potential market scenarios.
  • Managing projects/analysts, providing oversight and guidance.
  • Supporting new client opportunities through business development initiatives and engagement planning.
  • Ensuring the quality of products and deliverables.
  • Participating in the implementation of new FCC programs, including governance principles, processes, and systems.
  • Identifying key insights from analyses, interviews, discussions, and other sources and using them to support building a business case and constructing presentations for clients' executives and stakeholders.
  • Managing day-to-day project deliverables, covering requirements related to AML/CTF, Sanctions, ABC, KYC etc.
  • Conducting testing, review, and assessment of people, processes, and FCC systems to ensure compliance with policies and best practices.
  • Providing recommendations to assist clients in complying with AML, Sanctions, ABC, FATCA, CRS and other regulatory requirements.
  • Performing gap analysis to identify any AML and/or Compliance/Regulatory gaps against the current laws and regulations.
  • Assisting in the design and implementation of effective AML controls and risk mitigation strategies.
  • Supporting the development and delivery of training programs related to FCC and compliance for clients.

The Requirements

We are looking for people who have the following experience, knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Minimum 4 years of relevant experience in Financial Crime Compliance, encompassing AML/CFT, Sanctions, Anti-Bribery & Corruption, and compliance. This experience should be acquired within the banking sector, Big 4 consultancies, or equivalent organizations.
  • Proven track record of at least 2 years in successfully delivering Financial Crime Compliance-related technology projects, specifically in the areas of payments/Customers screening, transaction monitoring, KYC and customer risk rating models. Preferably, this experience should be gained within a large and complex financial institution.
  • Strong academic track record including a degree (or equivalent) in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Law (or other business related subject).
  • Experience in KYC Remediation Projects
  • Experience in conducting investigations on transaction monitoring alerts and cases.
  • Possess a good understanding of technology platforms in financial crime domains such as Nice Actimize, Oracle Mantas, Fircosoft, LexisNexis Bridger, Fenergo KYC and utilize these platforms to enhance compliance processes and workflows.
  • Strong understanding of the expectations set by regulators and international organizations, such as FATF, in relation to Financial Crime Compliance.
  • Knowledge and experience working in the MENA region would be considered an advantage.
  • Continuously updated knowledge of the global risk and regulatory environment, with a particular focus on developments in the Financial Crime Compliance field.
  • Possession of industry-related certifications, such as CAMS (Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist) or an ICA diploma in AML (Anti Money Laundering)
  • Fluency and strong report writing skills in English are essential. Arabic language skills are desirable but not essential.

Diversity & Inclusion

A&M’s entrepreneurial culture celebrates independent thinkers and doers who can positively impact our clients and shape our industry. The collaborative environment and engaging work—guided by A&M’s core values of Integrity, Quality, Objectivity, Fun, Personal Reward, and Inclusive Diversity—are the main reasons our people love working at A&M. Inclusive Diversity means we embrace diversity, and we foster inclusiveness, encouraging everyone to bring their whole self to work each day. It runs through how we recruit, develop employees, conduct business, support clients, and partner with vendors. It is the A&M way.

Equal Opportunity Employer

It is Alvarez & Marsal’s practice to provide and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, sex or gender, gender identity or gender expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, military service and veteran status, physical or mental disability, family medical history, genetic information or other protected medical condition, political affiliation, or any other characteristic protected by and in accordance with applicable laws. Employees and Applicants can find A&M policy statements and additional information by region here.

Unsolicited Resumes from Third-Party Recruiters

Please note that as per A&M policy, we do not accept unsolicited resumes from third-party recruiters unless such recruiters are engaged to provide candidates for a specified opening and in alignment with our Inclusive Diversity values. Any employment agency, person or entity that submits an unsolicited resume does so with the understanding that A&M will have the right to hire that applicant at its discretion without any fee owed to the submitting employment agency, person or entity.

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